After almost six months the letterbox collaboration is coming to an end – or part of it. We have decided the set of long drawings is finished, but the portraits are continuing, and new projects have begun.
Pat suggested a new collaboration which is based on the idea of a streetscape, in a concertina book. So, I made us two concertinas, each with 10 ‘pages’, 10 cm square, and I drew a roofline along the full length of each, both different. I began one, creating a streetscape with houses, people, shops, cars, bicycles and more, and Pat began the other. We both struggled with the concept, we had to dig deep but in the end we both had a lot of fun with them, creating a whole world from our imaginations. We each keep the one we started and Pat has already made covers and a small box for hers. I am way behind! Then we started another one, which I won’t elaborate here. If it works no doubt I will share it, as well as the two streetscapes.
We began the long-shaped works in mid March, as the pandemic was really getting hold across the world. It was something to keep us motivated and inspired to create artworks, with no intention of them being for exhibition, just purely for pleasure and to stretch our brains, exchanged via Pat’s letterbox. We have now made 109 of them, half started with random marks by me, and finished by my friend and neighbour Pat, and the other half begun by Pat and finished by me. We have both produced imagery that we had no idea was lurking inside our creative minds, lots of surprises and unexpected satisfactions.
Below are a few of the starting points, and then following are the images that resulted from them, some by each of us, in no particular order.
They are 15 x 7 cm and on watercolour paper.